For months — maybe years — something has been rising inside you. It ebbs and flows with the passing of time.

You’ve quietly taken in the world around you, felt the feelings, and had imaginary debates in your head about what you should say when a topic you’re passionate about comes up.

Yet with each fresh news cycle, whether it’s a wave of impassioned protests, an election gone bad, a new pandemic wave, or another human injustice, that thing inside you gets louder and louder. You’re angry. Sad. Frustrated. Some days, you find yourself numb to everything.

That thing rising inside you is your inner voice —a superpower that all human beings have the right and the responsibility to use.

You want to speak up, get involved, say what’s on your heart and mind ... but you’re not sure how or what to say. Who are you to try to change the world?

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

You are not the only Silent Rebel.

The need to create and speak out has been a part of human nature for millennia from the first human charcoal paintings found in the Caves of Altamira.

Today more than ever, with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and YouTube as a constant presence in our lives, the need to share our thoughts is in us all.

It’s a matter of knowing what to share and how to share it. You don’t have to be a public speaker or politician to become part of the conversation and make an impact!

But before we talk about finding your own unique platform, let’s talk about the reasons why you might feel this way...

The Unspoken Fears Holding You Back From Speaking Your Truth.

You feel uninformed.

Real talk:
You hesitate to post that comment or speak up at family dinner when Uncle Ron says something inappropriate because you’re not 100% sure that you can truly articulate your thoughts or back up your argument. It’s easier and safer to stay quiet and not ruffle any feathers.

What you need to know:
When you find something you’re really passionate about and make the commitment to go all-in on it, you will find that staying quiet will no longer be an option.

It’s a noisy world and no one is listening to you anyway.

Real talk: You’re just a student or an employee. There are people far more educated on these subjects than you. Who are you to speak up and even attempt to make a difference? All you have to do is log onto social media to realize that A) You can’t change other people’s minds and B) Even your most genius posts and comment replies will eventually get swallowed up by algorithms anyway.

What you need to know: Free speech heroes come in many different shapes and forms. Voters, poets, authors, comedians, young women like Malala or Greta Thunberg. A common characteristic of these heroes has been the clarity and persistence of their message.

As you’ll learn inside our course, Make History Every Day!, speaking out takes many forms and you don’t need a megaphone to be heard. But it does require action! Use your hands to paint, cook or build something. Use your body to dance or your voice to sing. Vote, inspire others to vote, make great films, get involved in your community!

Nothing I say or do will really make a difference.

Real talk: Tell that to people who consider themselves ordinary, and yet changed the course of history with their votes, words, art, and actions! If speaking your truth can inspire or change even one person, you’ll have made an impact on someone that day.

What you need to know: The important thing is to learn to change your negative emotions into positive energy, and find relevant outlets where you know in your heart that you are doing something that others respect, and helping to make the world a better place.

This idea is what drives everything we have done at American INSIGHT for the past 40 years.

So who are we exactly?

What People are Saying